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Year : 2012  |  Volume : 10  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 117-133

Engaging war affected youth through photography: Photovoice with former child soldiers in Sierra Leone

1 Associate Professor in the School of Social Work at McGill University, Canada., Canada
2 MSW, is a Court Support Counsellor at the Elizabeth Fry Society, Ottawa, Canada., Canada
3 social worker living in Freetown, Sierra Leone who was involved in the Photovoice Project

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Photovoice is a community based participatory research method that combines photography, community awareness building, group discussions, and social action. Photovoice seeks to enable both individuals and groups, particularly those facing marginalisation and disempowerment, to record and reflect on community strengths and challenges, through photography. This paper presents a Photovoice project, conducted with a group of former child soldiers living in urban Sierra Leone, exploring their post war lives and reintegration experiences. In addition to addressing how the project was conceptualised, developed and implemented, the authors also present the youth's photographs, highlighting the key issues and reintegration realities emerging from their images. The paper then discusses the strengths and challenges of the Photovoice method experience, and concludes with a set of recommendations for future initiatives.

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